First, the timeline of my own personal experience with the iPhone case program:
- August 3: Bought the iPhone 4 at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco; downloaded the iPhone case program app the same evening and ordered the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4
- August 24: Finally received a notification e-mail from Apple that the case had shipped
- August 28: The Incase accessory arrived in my mailbox in a small, padded white envelope
The smoke-colored Incase Snap Case fits like a dream. It's easy to just "snap" on, and you're done. The grip feels secure in my hand, and it doesn't seem like the smartphone will slip out of the case easily. The only openings are for the side volume buttons (seen in the photo above) and for the camera/flash on the rear side of the iPhone. Most importantly, with the semi-clear exterior and simple design, the case doesn't deter from the Leica-esque quality of the iPhone 4.
The Snap Case also comes with a small, clear, plastic stand for propping the iPhone 4 up. While it can hold the iPhone both vertically and horizontally, the device tumbled over often when standing vertically, so be careful.
But the big question is: does it help with the so-called "death grip?" Answer: Yes and no. I'll start with the "no" part as most cell phones on AT&T have the best reception within the walls of my old house, no matter which manufacturer made the device.
But as to holding the iPhone 4 in the left hand, the case definitely helps. I never realized how much I actually hold my smartphone in my left hand until the last few weeks when I noticed bars would drop even when I was just typing a text or checking my e-mail. Without the case, a couple (or all) bars would drop with a minute in my left hand. But with the case, only one bar fell within a minute.
Thus, I would definitely recommend the Incase Snap Case for anyone still eligible to order an accessory from the program (time is limited now), or purchasing it later for $35.